The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published its “Special Focus Facility List” of problem-plagued nursing homes. While no nursing homes in Sarasota County or Charlotte County made the list, Citrus Gardens of Fort Myers was the closest area nursing home to be included. Other large nursing home corporations that operate in Florida had facilities named to the list, including; HCR Manor Care, Life Care Centers of America, and Brookdale Senior Living.
While state and federal governments continue to crack down on nursing homes for poor care, abuse and neglect, the imposition of fines is insignificant, and barely amounts to a slap on the wrist, when compared to the billions of dollars in annual revenue generated by the top fifty largest nursing home chains. Remember: when placing a loved one in a nursing home, be sure to first visit the facility firsthand and check out their recent inspection results and surveys online at the Florida Nursing Home Guide:
Also, when signing the admissions paperwork, cross out and DO NOT SIGN any document which contains the words “Arbitration” or “Voluntary Arbitration Agreement.” Nursing homes use arbitration to insulate themselves from liability and damages. If you suspect that a friend or family member has become the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please call me, Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer James Keim, for a free, confidential consultation at (941) 426-7900.